I am a Philanthropist
I am very blessed and grateful for what I have in my life, especially because I realize that there are people that may not have the same opportunities. Volunteering has given me an enormous opportunity to give something back to society and to those who are less fortunate than me. Not to mention it has given me the awareness that you don’t need to be someone in power to make a difference.
Philanthropy is a pretty “big” word, and many people associate it with being wealthy. Philanthropists are those powerful, rich men and women who give money to organizations. Many might think, if you don’t have money, you can’t be a philanthropist. But nowhere in the definition of philanthropy does it mention wealth or riches. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, philanthropy is the “goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially: active effort to promote human welfare.” In reality, philanthropy is more than writing checks.
What I have seen at Commonwealth Consultants is that every individual, regardless of age, status, or position, can be a philanthropist. It all begins with a deep desire to make a difference for the greater good. My experience with philanthropy began when I was young – every Christmas my siblings and I got to pick an Angel Tree tag off the tree at church and “shop” for their gifts. Although I myself was not spending a dime, it made giving very, very real as I was part of the buying and delivery process of a toy to a child in need. Since then I have donated clothes, tutored kids, passed out goods at food banks, volunteered at a thrift store, mucked stalls and walked besides students at a therapeutic riding center and assembled backpacks for foster kids with essential items.
Increasing numbers of people are preferring to find other ways to help others. There’s no better time that the present to donate your time to help or support a cause you believe in. The sooner you get started, the faster your efforts can begin to make a difference. You can donate old coats and blankets to shelters, give blood, ask people to donate money for your birthday or visit a nursing home and spend time with the elderly. You too can be a philanthropist.
I’m Meghan Seeberger and I’m in “Suite 250”